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My Turn: Morning in Alaska

During the 1984 campaign, President Reagan's team ran a 60-second ad that has become an all-time classic. Titled "Morning in America," the spot focused on America's sense of renewal during Reagan's first term.
Rep. Gara's myopic view

In a recent My Turn piece ("Answers to questions about the oil tax cut," June 27, 2013), Rep. Les Gara argues that supporters of SB 21 are "spinning" facts. In fact, Rep. Gara is the one who has gone into full "spin" mode.
Speaking of leadership

Alaska lawmakers have adjourned and gone home. But the lawmaking year won't end until July 1 when Gov. Frank Murkowski will have made his promised cut in state spending with line-item vetoes. Some observers said before the session that the Republican-led Legislature would rubberstamp what the Republican governor proposes. Not so. The governor didn't get his gasoline tax increase, his visitor fee, or his seasonal sales tax.
Political shift leaves more room for women

When Arliss Sturgulewski became the first female major-party nominee for governor in 1986, the world of Alaska politics was a very different place.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

The difference between state revenues and spending isn't completely closed, but the long run of high oil prices so far this year is having a significant impact on how much money the state will need to pull from savings accounts to help pay for government.
Alaska Digest

Pallenberg replaces Weeks on bench, Beef in Alaska may be tainted with E. coli, Panel: More funding needed for education, Teen gets 75 years in drug deal death, Site aims to preserve Dena'ina language
Bering Sea crab quotas bring big job losses

A new study found that one of Alaska's prized fisheries underwent dramatic job losses since the Bering Sea crab fishery moved to a quota-based fishery.
Alaska Digest

Staff reports from around the state
Anchorage clinic opens for Medicare patients only, key feature is cost-reducing care plan

ANCHORAGE - A new medical clinic is open for business in south Anchorage but patients will need a Medicare card to get in.
Sica, Botelho recognized for dedication in city government roles

Two Juneau officials received high awards recently for their dedication to city government.


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